TOPEKA, Kan. A Topeka man Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a crime involving the use of a Topeka teacher's identity to post sexual content on Craigslist and child sex crimes.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says Blake Adam Austin, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography.
McAllister says the investigation began when a middle school teacher in Topeka reported receiving emails from men who wanted to meet her.
"The males were responding to a Craigslist ad in which someone used the victim's identity to post sexual content," McAllister says. "The problem continued for years until an investigator identified an account Austin was using to post sexual content along with the victim's contact information."
The teacher recognized Austin as someone she'd worked with at a coffee shop. (Austin) had attempted to initiate a relationship with her, but she wasn't interested, McAllister says.
Investigators learned Austin used images of an adult porn actress and the teacher's contact information to post ads. He also used images of the teacher and her contact information to place half a dozen ads on Craigslist, McAllister says.
On Austin's laptop, the U.S. attorney says investigators found images of Austin having sex with a 17-year-old girl. He says investigators also learned that Austin uploaded sexually-explicit photos of a girl younger than 15 on Skype.
McAllister says Austin faces up to five years in federal prison on the cyberstalking charge, up to 10 years on the possession-of-child-pornography charge and no less than five years on the distribution charge.